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Jim Morrison was depressed. He went to Robby Krieger's house, they went to a canyon to watch a sunset, at which time Jim realized he was depressed because "if you're strange, people are strange." He then wrote the rest of the lyrics, which are about feeling alienated.
Krieger, The Doors' guitarist, wrote the music. He did his guitar solo in one take.
The Doors played this on their only Ed Sullivan Show appearance. They also played "Light My Fire," and Sullivan never asked them to come back because Morrison sang the lines, "Girl we couldn't get much higher." (thanks, Rhedd - ripon, CA)
This was covered by Horror-core rap duo Twiztid on their album Freekshow. (thanks, Draven - Chicago, IL)
In 1988 the Liverpool band Echo & The Bunnymen covered this song reaching #29 in the UK charts. Their version, which was featured in the film The Lost Boys, was produced by Ray Manzarek who also plays on the track. In a scene from the movie, the vampires' cave contains a huge poster of Jim Morrison in his Jesus pose. (thanks, bob - Laguna Beach, CA and Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.
One of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."
Annie Haslam of Renaissance
The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.
As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.